IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)
JISPA Farewell Reception for Graduating Scholars
June 17, 2011, Tokyo-Japan
The IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP) hosted a farewell reception for the 17th group of graduating scholars under the Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia on June 17, 2011, in Tokyo, Japan.
Thanks to the generous support provided by the Government of Japan, 38 scholars are completing their studies in the 2010-2011 academic year. Among them, 37 scholars will be graduating from the partnership universities [National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Hitotsubashi University, International University of Japan, and Yokohama National University], while one open track scholar will be finishing his Ph.D. program at GRIPS.
Another 10 scholars will continue to their second-year studies. One open-track scholar enrolled in a Ph.D. program will also continue her studies in Japan.
After a welcome speech by Mr. Shogo Ishii, OAP’s Director, a scholar representing each university gave a few words appreciating the education opportunities provided by the JISPA and their commitment to contributing to their home countries. The guest speech was given by Mr. Tatsuo Yamasaki, Senior Deputy Director-General of the International Bureau, the Ministry of Finance. Prof. Hiroshi Morita, Director of the Transition Economy Program, Yokohama National University, proposed a toast, wishing continued success of the JISPA scholars.
Officials from Japan’s Ministry of Finance, representatives from relevant embassies and central bank offices in Tokyo attended the reception to congratulate the scholars on their graduation.